Wednesday 5 August, 2020

Creary to take legal action against Integrity Commission

Richard Creary

Richard Creary

Mayor of Port Maria and former Petrojam board member, Richard Creary, has indicated that he will be taking legal action against the Integrity Commission for what he called a "deeply flawed report" on matters at the oil refinery.

In a news release Friday, Creary said the report has caused him undue stress and damage to his reputation and has raised a number of unnecessary questions surrounding his "unblemished career in politics".

He is demanding "an immediate retraction of the entire report that is fraught with errors and inaccuracies," according to the release.

"I have already categorically denied any wrongdoing on my part as it relates to Petrojam. It is not enough for them to tel lies on me then say subsequently that they erred. The Commission must retract the report immediately as the report is now totally lacking in credibility. I hereby demand that the Integrity Commission issue a public apology immediately," Creary said.

"A report must not consist of opinions, guesses or innuendos and conclusions based on clairvoyance or abject stupidity, but on actual facts. It would serve the public interest well, if the Commission would explain what action it plans to take against those who have prepared this flawed and dubious report, that has caused such damage to my reputation and has sought to malign my character," he added. 

The development comes days after the Integrity Commission admitted that it erred when it said Creary was present when former Petrojam general manager Floyd Grindley was interviewed for the job. Creary had insisted that he was not a part of the panel that interviewed Grindley as was stated in the Commission’s damning report into the activities at the country’s lone oil refinery. 

Creary, according to the release, is distraught with the personnel at the Integrity Commission that prepared the report and believes the Commission "should be held accountable to the same standard that they are supposed to be promoting."

The release said the Port Maria mayor is in consultation with his lawyers and will be taking their advice on the next steps forward. 

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